HONESTLY BEN: 4 Surprising Things


Honestly Ben comes out in one week! I can’t wait, mostly because after that date, no one can ever again write me an email or tweet me that they hate me for how I ended Openly Straight. Now they can just go and read Honestly Ben and find out what happens next!

For my fans and for those who are just curious, I have compiled this list of 4 surprising things about Honestly Ben. No spoilers, I promise.

But first: Did you know there’s a bridge book, available for free, e-book only, between OPENLY STRAIGHT and HONESTLY BEN? It’s called OPENLY, HONESTLY, and you should, like, totally download it and read it now for your Rafe/Ben fix. It’s basically just a book that chronicles the Christmas/Chanukah break for both characters.

openly honestly

And second: Arizona fans: come to the book launch! Next Tuesday, March 28th, at 7pm, at Changing Hands in Tempe!

Now on with our countdown:

  1. While writing OPENLY STRAIGHT, I literally went to Google Maps and chose a town where Ben was from in New Hampshire. Alton. I wanted a small town where he could have grown up on a farm, and Alton fit the bill. So when I went to write HONESTLY BEN, I had to travel to Alton so I could have some idea of what this place was where Ben grew up. It was amazing to do the research about where my character was from after the fact. Like I was discovering things about him that I didn’t actually know. I spent a day on a farm there, and I used that farm as the basis for Ben’s home. I also spent time with a town historian, which was really interesting.
  2. Writing from Ben’s point of view was the hardest challenge I’ve had yet in my fiction career. If you’ve read my books, you know that my characters tend to be, well, emotional. To write a character who doesn’t show his emotions was a real stretch for me, so much so that my editor said, after my first draft, “Bill, is that what you think ‘stoic’ means?”
  3. Two characters do NOT make a re-appearance from the first book. Bryce and Robinson. I wanted Bryce to come back, but he just … he wasn’t supposed to come back to Natick, I guess, because it didn’t work to bring him back. When I had him show up at the end, it felt like a bad movie sequel, where a character returns so everyone can say, “Oh, look, remember him?” So I nixed it. Robinson just wasn’t as much on Ben’s radar, so other characters show up in his place.
  4. Toby has a secret. Yes, in this book, Toby has something on his mind and needs someone to talk to, and Albie isn’t his first choice. He searches out Ben. And can you blame him? Ben’s such a solid guy. I won’t tell you what the secret is, but I will say this: it’s a good setup for a third novel in the series!

Stay tuned for more before Ben hits the stores next Tuesday!


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10 Responses to HONESTLY BEN: 4 Surprising Things

  1. Jason says:

    Really looking forward to reading Honestly Ben! This next 6 days or so is going to feel like forever..

  2. adson vagner says:

    Counting the days and the hours for the book to arrive in my hands, as I do not know when it will be published in Brazil, I made sure to guarantee my american copy by amazon.

  3. ShirtfulR says:

    Sir, when will be its international released? I’m in the Philippines, it’s currently not available here. 😦

  4. Noah Xavier says:

    I had just finished reading Honestly Ben Yesterday night and I just wanted to say thank you for writing this and letting us fans explore the characters in more ways. Honestly Ben and Openly Straight have helped me so much. I really hope maybe there will be a third sequel. It’s been a wonderful series so far and can’t wait to see what you create next.

  5. After reading Openly Straight a few years ago, I was like, WTF??? I wanted to hit Ben so hard. And then I kinda erased it from my memory because I’m not a fan of unhappy endings. On Sunday, Apr 16, I learned Honestly Ben was released and I so wanted to buy the ebook, but I told myself better to buy the physical book from National Bookstore (here in the Philippines). Long story short, I got it, and I couldn’t put it down. What I realized was that I love Ben; but for me, Rafe’s happiness was more important IDK. Love you, Mr. K!

  6. Jess Lee says:

    Are there going to be any more books…?!. I love Rafe and Ben and their story so much, I want their journey to continue so badly. I’m curious as to know Claire Olivia’s perspective on all that has happened with Rafe and Ben. I don’t expect a whole book on her perspective, but maybe a few chapter posted on this blog. It would be cute, I can relate to her, she’s the supportive friend, that has more of an outside look on this relationship.

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